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Holtville to take bids on water line replacement

February 27, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville City Council authorized city staff Monday night to go out to bid on the long-awaited Ninth Street rehabilitation and water line replacement project.

City Engineer Jack Holt estimated the project would cost more than $300,000. Funds for the project will come from gas tax money and water improvement funding. If all goes as planned, Ninth Street residents between Melon Road and Olive Avenue will have a renovated street and new curbs and gutters in front of their homes by mid-May.

City Public Works Manager Jerry Peacher said the city is trying to "facilitate any future expansion in the area" by replacing the 50-year-old, 6-inch, cast- iron pipe with 12-inch PVC pipe.

"The bigger pipe will provide better pressure and the volume will be increased," Peacher said. "That area has the best potential for future development."

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In other business, the council agreed to start repaying agencies that provided emergency funds for flooding damage to the city in 1992. At that time the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state Office of Emergency Services provided a total of $1 million. Two then city managers negotiated the repayment amount down to about $133,000. A total $67,000 will be repaid to the agencies this year, with each receiving half. The remainder due will be budgeted for payment next year.

City Manager John Jordan notified the council of a vacancy on the city Planning Commission with the resignation of Federico "Rico" Garcia. Holtville residents interested in serving on the commission are asked to apply at City Hall.

The council set two dates as "cleanup days" for the city, on April 28 and Nov. 3.

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